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Local Artist Beatrice Novoa at Coffee + Food

Artis Beatrice Novoa to open exhibit at Coffee+Food on Melrose Avenue
Artist Beatrice Novoa’s show opens Sunday at Coffee + Food on Melrose Avenue. Photo by Michel Dufelmeier.

An exhibition titled “On Election Year: Everything but the Kitchen Sink”  by local Windsor Square artist Beatrice Novoa will be showing during the month of October at Coffee + Food on Melrose at Larchmont Boulevard. The show will kick off this weekend with an opening for the public on Sunday, October 9, from 2-5 pm; the artist will be present and light food and drink will be provided by Coffee + Food.

Novoa’s show will include a dozen mixed media pieces in which she uses found objects, and acrylic and oil paints to create “stories on boards.” She will also show several etchings.

“The pieces are thematic in application and mechanics, but cover a wide range of stories,” Novoa told the Larchmont Buzz in a phone interview.

Windsor Square artist Beatrice Novoa at her home studio
Windsor Square artist Beatrice Novoa at her home studio. Photo by Michel Dufelmeier.

For the most part, Novoa works in the garage studio adjacent to her home, where she and partner Kimberly Higgins run their design firm Garret & Garage. The company provides interior design services for residential and commercial clients. Novoa says more and more clients are buying her artwork in addition to their design service, and it felt like a good time to share her work with the community at large.

“I’ve always had a studio to paint in,” she reminisced. “As young children in Spain, my parents provided my siblings and I easels and paints from the time we were very young. So in essence, I’ve been a painter my whole life.” Novoa was raised in Madrid by Cuban parents, and visited the Museo del Prado in Madrid almost weekly.

Novoa studied fashion in Paris, worked in pattern making and fashion in New York, had a line of furniture with old ateliers in Florence, and opened a furniture gallery in Miami, Florida. She has lived around the world but calls Los Angeles home now.

The painted canvases are dazzlingly colorful, and the embedded found objects add both whimsy and curiosity to her work. Drop in to Coffee + Food at 5630 Melrose Ave. this month for a taste of some really great coffee and some really fine artwork.

Photo by Michel Dufelmeier.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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